LAST 16 PREVIEW: PGE Vive Kielce can be seen as favourites, but H C Motor Zaporozhye will Attempt to cause an upset from the home game of the first knockout round

Polish and ukrainian winners struggle in Zaporozhye

For HC Motor Zaporozhye, attaining the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 is already quite an achievement, since the team repeated their best ever result from the 2013/14 and 2015/16 seasons. Kielce boast a much wealthier history, since they won the title in 20-16 and engaged in the FINAL4 the next two days in recent years.

Nevertheless, the teamsrsquo; consequences from the group phase imply that the gap between them has shrunk. While Kielce finished in fourth place in Group A with 14 points, Motor bounced back from a poor start to finish fifth in Group B with 1-1. Thus, Zaporozhye have grounds to trust for a good result, especially in the first leg in your home. 

  • The teams met in the VELUX EHF Champions League 2014/15 Group Period, together with Kielce winning 30:26 in the home and 28:27 at Zaporozhye

  • This year, Motor started the team phase with four beats, but significantly improved after head trainer Patryk Rombel was substituted by Mykola Stepanets

  • Motor’s Barys Pukhouski finished the team phase as the 2nd best scorer with 80 aims; Kielce’s top scorer, Alex Dujshebaev, tallies 6 7 ahead of this knockout round

  • By beating Mielec 39:28 on Tuesday, Kielce promised their 100th straight success in the league, extending a series that began in March 2016

  • The champions of this duel will face Paris Saint-Germain, who skip the Previous 16 as team winners, at the Quarter Final

TEXT: Sergey Nikolaev / cg
 

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